#5Books article recs 4/10

publishing, book articles

This week, I found an article rec that made me lol: traditional publishing needs a kick up the butt, so says an award-winning author, who was a successful self-published author before he got picked up by a publisher and experienced both sides of the coin. Then, I threw in some handy plain English sources — and everyone needs those.

Hands up who knew Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was an author? Yes, he is. And I love his geek heart. Then there’s a thoughtful post about what authors go through when their books are banned, and it’s NOT all sales and money. And last: guess who’s writing the new Dr Who spin off?

Traditional publishers need to try to innovate more: Kerry Wilkinson is a self-published author, who was picked up by Pan Mac when his debut novel Locked  and sequels took off. Here, he says that the worst thing about going with a traditional publisher was the lack of control he experienced — which ties in with a conversation I having on Twitter with author Emma Viskic, author of Resurrection Bay and fellow book bloggers about the input authors have into things as basic as a book blurb — which is to say none. AND, that traditional publishers don’t innovate, because they have no reason to. Amazon, he says is the innovator.

Thinking about accessibility and different formats to ebooks and the like, do you agree?

Some resources on how to write in plain English: Here are a bunch of GOOD resources to help you achieve that elusive state of writing called plain English. Which too many corporates and more than a few authors fail to see the strength and power in just keeping things simple.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a book about Mycroft Holmes: YES, the basketball player. One, I love that everyone is taken with Sherlock and Watson, and here is Abdul-Jabbar co-writing a book about Mycroft. This interview is passionate, illuminating and I WANT this book now.

Last week, I posted about Into the River, a book banned in New Zealand because of sex and drug use. Mind you it’s two years after it was first published. But anyway, this is an article about what happens to authors after their books are banned — and sometimes, it results in bigger book sales, and other time authors are forced to flee their countries in fear of their lives. This is a must read, IMO.

… and author Patrick Ness is going to write and produce an 8-part series for the BBC called Class, and it’s a DR WHO spinoff. It’s about growing up in modern Britain with monsters. I feel like it’s going to take place in school alot from the description, lol!

So, hands up who’s going to get Kareen Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft Holmes too? And, another Dr Who spin off — how do you think Patrick Ness will do? What banned books have you read this week? I have to admit, there are more than a few I won’t pick up because they’re not my cup of tea, but I will get pissed when people ban them and not 50SOG. Because you know, sex. Makes you wonder what sort of sex they’re having, doesn’t it? And I would love to know what authors think of traditional publishers in terms of innovation? What have you heard?

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